Reading about Boston yesterday made me want to be there so badly--despite the rain, the wind, the hills, etc. For an average runner with no chance of ever winning a big race, going to the Olympics, or otherwise distinguishing herself, BQing is a way to prove that in fact I'm not just an average runner. It separates the men from the boys, the runners from the joggers, and the serious marathoners from the pack. There's much to be said for the camaraderie and relaxed atmosphere of the pack, but I have a competitive streak that means I'll never be satisfied with that. I've wanted to run marathons ever since I started running, and for almost as long, I've wanted to qualify for Boston.
I need an 8:27 pace to qualify (3:40:59). Right now I can hold an 8:30 pace or thereabouts for 15K-10 miles. Obviously I have a long way to go, but at the same time I don't think it's completely out of the realm of possibility. If I plug 3:40:59 in the the McMillan Calculator, I get times that I know for a fact I can hit: 22:40 for 5K, 47:05 for 10K, etc. The quandary I'm in is whether or not to make Boston 2008 my goal. Is that too lofty? Of course, much will depend on how things go next month at Bayshore. I think I probably need to master the 10-miler, the 15K, and the half marathon (as in, attain the equivalent times I need) before I can realistically hope to qualify for Boston. This much I do know: even if not next year, Boston is a hard and fast goal, one that I will not give up until I can cross a finish line with one arm pumping and saying, "I'm going to Boston, baby!"
A commenter asked how I like my current shoes, and I want everyone who might happen to read this to know that I LOVE THEM. I have definitely found my replacement for the Saucony Jazz, which was my former favorite (it was discontinued). I hope the Trigons stick around for a while! In fact, I will probably be purchasing another pair kind of soon--I already have over 200 miles on the current pair, and my Asics are pretty much shot! They seem to stand up to higher mileage better than the shoes I've had recently.